William Ross lights the candle representing the Kwanzaa principle of Nia (purpose) during the annual Kwanzaa Celebration at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museumin Catonsville, Md. (Mark Gail/WASHINGTON POST)

“Seasons of Light,” An introduction to the history and traditions of holiday celebrations from around the world, from Ramadan to Winter Solstice. Friday, December 14, at 11:30 a.m. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8; $6 children. 202-633-8700. www.smithsonianassociates.org.

Kwanzaa Celebration, Learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa with dancers from Coyaba Dance Theater and students from Coyaba Academy. December 14 through December 16. Dance Place, 3225 8th Street. NE. $22; $17 Members, Seniors, Teachers and Artists; $10 College Students; $8 Children. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org.

National Christmas Tree Lighting, Join Neil Patrick Harris, Kenny ”Babyface” Edmonds, Ledisi and more for the 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting. Thursday, December 6, at 4:30 p.m. National Park Foundation, 1201 I Street. NW. Free. 202-354-6460. http://www.thenationaltree.org

Slave Holidays,Learn how the enslaved community celebrated the holidays and how they resisted the institution that kept them enslaved. December 8. Tours run every 30 minutes. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas. $10. 703-367-7872.

“Bone Soup: A Kwanzaa Story,” A play about two students, Maulana and Karenga, who are on a mission to save Culture Kingdom by using the seven principles of Kwanzaa. December 15 at 2 p.m. Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 Ninth Street. NW. $13 adults; $9 children. 202-232-4288. http://www.shilohbaptist.org/

“Zoo Lights,” Enjoy the animal-themed, light display at the zoo. Every weekend in December. The National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-633-4888. http://nationalzoo.si.edu

Black Nativity,” Performance of Langston Hughes’ all-black retelling of the Nativity story. Through January 1. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H Street. NE. $25 - $35. 202-396-2125. www.hstreetplayhouse.com

“Silent Night, Holy Night,” An exhibition of nativity scene depictions from around the world. Through January 7. National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues. NW. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org

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